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    Cisalpinist Italuminium's Avatar
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    The ALAN Parsons project: call for content

    There's been a lot of traffic on ALAN's lately - people seem to find them everywhere. That's good, because they are lovely bikes! The same questions seem to pop up every time though. How old is it, what model, what threading. I was thinking that it might be a good idea to start a dedicated information portal for these wonderful bikes, since the information is scattered all over the web. It would make a nice project for the summer too, and a good way to brush up my web developer skills.

    But, the site would be useless without content. Therefore I'd like to ask you guys for anything you have on these machines - brochure scans, pictures, racing anecdotes, horror stories - you name it.

    Thanks in advance, Constanteyn
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    Great idea Constanteyn. I wish I had those sort of skills.

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    I like it. It sort of seems that Alan's were unjustly kicked to the curb when stiffer aluminum frames made their appearance. I still like riding mine even with it's flex when standing and scary hands off the bars handling. I don't have a whole lot of content other than owning one for 35 or so years. Except for the story of how I came to own it which I already relayed to you. Happy to take pictures of it and document anything you need though.

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    Well, with the Turn of a Friendly Card, a Tale of Mystery and Imagination, we could come up with some Alan Parsons Psychobabble....

    In fact, I'm going to see a play based on Tales of Mystery and Imagination tonight, and the Alan Parsons LP is the backing music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    Well, with the Turn of a Friendly Card, a Tale of Mystery and Imagination, we could come up with some Alan Parsons Psychobabble....

    In fact, I'm going to see a play based on Tales of Mystery and Imagination tonight, and the Alan Parsons LP is the backing music.
    "I wouldn't want to be like you" sorry, couldn't resist after you opened the door.

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    C'mon, be sirius guys! Things are well under way, just a quick question though, who knows the font that alan used for it's decals? Or a close match? I'd love to use that for the graphic design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svt4cam View Post
    "I wouldn't want to be like you" sorry, couldn't resist after you opened the door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
    C'mon, be sirius guys! Things are well under way, just a quick question though, who knows the font that alan used for it's decals? Or a close match? I'd love to use that for the graphic design.
    Another great idea. I had a look at fonts but I didn't see anything that matched the ALAN font. I certainly didn't look through 'all' fonts though. I think it may have been developed for the company.

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    Reproduction decals are available on Ebay (forget the guy's name, but he does a lot of them). He might know.

    I have no brochures or anythign, but I do have an Alan and it has a serial number. You may well just start doing a redgistry type of thing while you are at it.
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    I really like my ALAN Super Record, which came to me as a stolen bicycle. Today, that wonderful old aluminum steed lives in Thailand...
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    not totally sure why i sold mine...





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    Here is mine:

    An 83 vintage with mainly Super Record.




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    Here is my '81 Super record. As found (in a barn), less than 100-miles on it. The chain-stay derailleur cable stop cracked and was "put-up" by the original owner. Upon inspection, it is a simple fix, if I could find another one! (see last picture). All steel bits served as annodes for the oxidation of the aluminum. Presently awaiting full restoration.









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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
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    Cisalpinist Italuminium's Avatar
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    Thanks for all the responses guys! I'm indeed plannign on a registry with pics, specs and stuff like that, a sort off ALAN facebook
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    Quote Originally Posted by look171 View Post
    Where do we go from here?
    I dunno...Time, keeps flowing like the river...
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    I know where there is an NOS 58cm Alan Super record Frame set, if anyone is interested PM me. It even has the factory paperwork in the seat tube. It's light metalic blue with silver aluminum lugs.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
    I know where there is an NOS 58cm Alan Super record Frame set, if anyone is interested PM me. It even has the factory paperwork in the seat tube. It's light metalic blue with silver aluminum lugs.

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    Cisalpinist Italuminium's Avatar
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    Emailed ALAN the other day, they got back at me with the message that it's a 77-78 model. No word on original componentry, because they only sold frame kits back then.
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    My Cross bike

    Korval is Ships
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    Quote Originally Posted by robtown View Post
    My Cross bike

    That's a beautiful machine. What kind of brakes are those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
    That's a beautiful machine. What kind of brakes are those?
    Velo Orange, Gran Cru, I believe. I had to drill the front fork to install a brake guide to minimize the fork flex. I thought the cantilevers go well with the other yellow bits.
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    They do thanks!
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    Emailed ALAN the other day
    Can you PM me Alan's e-mail? I need a cable stop.
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    Stay on topic, we are talking about Alan, not Time. Who knows when we shall meet again, if ever?

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